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Precinct report

August 15th, 2014

According to the precinct breakdown posted on the state Office of Elections website U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa each won one of the outstanding Puna precincts in Friday's makeup election in their Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

The vote totals include the votes that were cast at the precincts, absentee walk-in and absentee mail-in ballots. Precinct 04-01 is Hawaiian Paradise Community Center and 04-02 is Keonepoko Elementary School:

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Schatz won the nomination with 115,401 votes (48.5 percent) to 113,632 votes (47.8 percent) for Hanabusa. He will face former state lawmaker Cam Cavasso in the November general election.

Voting for both precincts was conducted Friday at Keonepoko Elementary. The precincts were closed during last Saturday's primary due to surrounding storm damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.



12 Responses to “Precinct report”

  1. Bart Dame:

    I looked through the Statewide Precinct Detail printout of both 2014 and 2012 to get a sense of turnout in the affected precincts. The boundaries of HD 4-01 appear to be the same in both years. The old HD 4-02 was split into two precincts: the new 02 and a new 04.

    In 2012, total turnout, including regular, AB Walk-in and AB Mail-in for HD 4-01 was 36.4%.
    This year it was 35.4%.

    In 2012, total turnout, including regular, AB Walk-in and AB Mail-in for HD 4-02 was 39.4%.
    This year it was 39.1%.

    Overall, a small decline. But it is consistent with the statewide decline in turnout, which fell from 42.3% in 2012 to 41.5% this year. The turnout in my precinct in calm, storm-free Aina Haina fell .9% this year as well.

    The Hanabusa campaign may have hoped to have had an opportunity to have another two weeks, where they could have mounted a full-on campaign, canvassing door-to-door to pump up the turnout to the point they could have overcome the lead Schatz had as of the August 9th tabulation. So they are understandably unhappy that the turnout for the two "hanging precincts" voting at regular numbers and for the candidates in the proportions consistent with what would have happened had the storm not intervened and created these abnormal, and stressful, conditions.

  2. Guido Sarducci:

    Hanabusa should sue. It is unconstitutional for her to lose. She just needs the right judge. What is Michael Town up to these days?

  3. Seawalker:

    The people have spoken. Time to move on. To the winner goes the spoils. To the loser, it is time to lick your wounds and heal. Besides, we can do this all over in 2 years anyway. No man has a right to designate his successor upon death. Last I heard, the public ultimately decides.

  4. Bart Dame:

    I posted my math on Facebook and a friend form the Big Island had the audacity to audit my math and found a gross error. The actual turnout in HD 4;01 in 2012 was 42.4%, not 36.4, as I posted above.

    This is why the official tabulations are done on spreadsheets and not on the back of envelopes!

    299 more people voted on Election Day 2012 in precinct 4:01 than voted in 4:01 in yesterday's special make-up election. So election officials were not able to gin up participation enough to equal that of the last election. Given the storm conditions people are still digging themselves out of, I guess that is not surprising.

    But even if those 299 additional voters had shown up and, grateful for having received a papaya from Congresswoman Hanabusa, had ALL voted for her, it was nowhere near enough votes to have affected the result. Schatz won by too big of a margin for her to overcome.

  5. kamaaina808:

    Regardless of who won, voters were disenfranchised in this badly-handled election. This should incense all the leaders of Hawaii, and inspire them to fix the problem ASAP. We deserve better from our elected officials.

  6. Chicken Grease:

    It's over, it's over, it's over, it's over, it's over. Accept the outcome. Heck, accept the Abercrombie loss.

    If HanaBuSa sues, SCHATZ or the Office of Elections should sue right back!!!! Make HER life tough too.

    She got no reason to complain. It was as close and dramatic it could get. She shouldn't have voted for that act . . . it just too much was on the side of voting to cut social security and the Schatz camp brilliantly made that argument (not a shade. Not a hue. Not an opinion. But an ARGUMENT). Time to get more youthful blood in there -- yes, heck a Grease said it, and you know it's true!!! HanaBuSa has her baggage from the past for which she still needs to explain -- Ko'Olina anybody? On that ALONE she better thank Schatz for not bringing up. He IS the happy warrior!

    Time to let another generation take over, Hanabusa. And Mazie, you on watch. Maybe a GREASE challenge Mazie!!!!!

    A Grease is glad that with Tulsi, Takai, and Schatz (yes, they are all sure to win in the General), Hawaii shows a strong notion in their Washington legislation delegation that you don't need lawyers to craft laws. In fact, lawyers can screw up the process, as we've seen in Washington D.C. for many, many years. Bloviating, incessant, Orwellian legalspeak. Time for tort reform.

  7. Seawalker:

    Being a blue state for so long does not appeal many people. It is having a 2-party system that makes the U.S. the envy of the world. Very interesting races to watch in the general election. For the theoretical purist, perhaps if the Gov's race and U.S. House race pitting Dijou against Takai would swing red, then we, Hawaii, would benefit more from it. Dang, it's like having a competitor for HECO. If that was to happen, expect to see a dip in your electric bill. It's all about balance. Yin and Yang. What's good for the goose is good for the gander and vice-versa.

  8. anthuriumz:

    Two-party system? since when is U.S. only a 2-party system?... oh, I guess Seawalker is right, no other parties have a chance to participate.

  9. Hawaiino:

    "It is having a 2-party system that makes the U.S. the envy of the world."

    Not sure you're correct here. Multi party democracies are a common feature in the developed world, characteristic on all major continents. Here's from Wikipedia :
    "A two-party system requires voters to align themselves in large blocs, sometimes so large that they cannot agree on any overarching principles. Some theories argue that this allows centrists to gain control. On the other hand, if there are multiple major parties, each with less than a majority of the vote, the parties are strongly motivated to work together to form working governments. This also promotes centrism, as well as promoting coalition-building skills while discouraging polarization."

    I would say that we in the US, more so in Hawaii, could benefit from some of the features evident in multiparty government.
    It's a bit troubling though when your change agent is Mufi...

  10. Chicken Grease:

    Apologies in advance if this sounds like a Grease disagrees with those, above, with whom he necessarily does not disagree, but, uh, be careful what parties you wish for on your ballot. The highly industrialized non-third world nation of Japan allows (sit down) those from the COMMUNIST party to run on ballot [!]. And, every other party in between.

    And the result of such "pluralism"? Well, you can see how they throw down physically in those "caught on live camera" TV shows. Might be good and funny for some s--ts and giggles, but, remember, we got the likes of Aiona (who has demonstrated on the basketball court we've heard, yes?), Hee, who else? Ikaika Anderson. Yep. Those three alone look like they would t'row blows at any minute.

    Enter in a H Hawaiian nation candidate? What? They gonna demand some kind of Klingon-ish "trial by combat" decision-making process? How would that be obliged under d'a law?

  11. zzzzzz:

    Rather than more parties, I would prefer the state and federal elections follow the lead of the counties and have non-partisan elections. Then the next step could be eliminating primary elections.

  12. Marcos X:

    A real democracy has three parties.

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